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As of 3 pm Tuesday, Riverside County officials have confirmed:
- 17,296 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19. 662 people have been reported positive in the last 24 hours.
- 457 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus. This number includes a stunning 17 people reported dead in the last 24 hours.
Here’s the latest from the Coachella Valley:
5,005 confirmed cases (+192)
121 deaths (+7)
Today we pass 5,000 cases. Last Tuesday we passed 4,000; the Tuesday before that, we passed 3,000.
Still, at 924 new cases/week, the rate is slower than a week ago. pic.twitter.com/uvYXz4GAns
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) June 30, 2020
+14 from Sunday
+21 from last Monday
A major surge.
31 in ICU, -5 from Sunday.
* possibly an undercount, since I’m unable to report the “fourth facility" I wrote about on June 23. pic.twitter.com/pK8rPNARes
— Kevin Duncliffe (@kevinduncliffe) June 30, 2020
As of 3 pm Tuesday, San Bernardino County has confirmed:
- 12,550 people have officially tested positive for COVID-19.
- 253 people are confirmed to have died in the county from the coronavirus.
As of 4 pm Tuesday, the State of California has confirmed:
- 230,914 people have official tested positive for COVID-19.
- 6,077 people are confirmed to have died in the state of CA from the coronavirus.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 1, 2020
Coronavirus cases in US total 2,621,270, with 127,107 deaths.
(As of 2:00 p.m. ET, 6/30)
States experiencing the highest percentage increase of cases over past 14 days:
• ID: 267%
• MT: 244%
• FL: 236%
• TX: 163%
• OK: 157%
• NV: 155%
• AZ: 128%
(As of 12 a.m ET, 6/30)
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 30, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci testified to congress on Tuesday and offered a grim warning about the spread of coronavirus in the United States:
Dr. Fauci on coronavirus: “We are now having 40 plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.” pic.twitter.com/6FMpKFZidK
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 30, 2020
As the state sees a surge in COVID-19 cases, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that he plans to “tighten things up” ahead of a busy Fourth of July weekend. He didn’t get into details, but said that public health orders will be “in relationship to indoor vs. outdoor activities” – as health experts have found that there is far less of a chance of spreading the virus outside as opposed to indoors.
#COVID19 is on the rise.
We flattened the curve once, we can do it again.
We can crush this pandemic. We can get past this. But we have to be tougher and we have to do it TOGETHER.
Wear your mask. Practice physical distancing. Do your part.
Your actions will save lives.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 30, 2020
Riverside County’s ICU bed utilization is currently above 90 percent. With so many patients, medical workers are finding themselves overworked. “Being sure that we acknowledge the fact that our own staff are also community members, so some of them may become exposed or get ill outside of the hospital and that takes them outside of our staffing poo,” Eisenhower’s Chief Medical Officer told KESQ. “Others are just getting tired and warn out so asking them to do extra shifts is really difficult when they’ve already been putting such a concerted effort for so long a period of time in in order to care for the patients.”
Riverside County’s public health officer shared the current state of the county’s hospitals, with Tuesday’s ICU utilization down from Monday:
Here is the Tuesday, June 30 update on the impact of #COVID19 on #RivCo hospitals, along with ICU beds utilization trends. Visit https://t.co/B0PcBKTHe0 to see the historical data found on the Hospitalizations/Beds tab at the bottom of the map. #RivCoNOW #RUHealth pic.twitter.com/FaBbZiQxSd
— Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) July 1, 2020
He also warned that Riverside County has lost any progress it made taking on the coronavirus. “We are now at the point where our hospitalizations and ICU rates are higher than they have ever been previously during this pandemic, which has erased all of our gains and the curve is no longer flat,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser told county supervisors. He also defended his move to follow the governor’s order to close bars and pubs as cases begin to “climb substantially” several days after county bars and other businesses were cleared to reopen June 12.
CNN profiles Ahmad Ayyad who was very fit before coming down with the virus. Now a COVID-19 survivor, he lost 60 pounds after doctors placed him in an induced coma for 25 days:
"You're thinking it's an over-hyped flu and I'm not going to get it."
Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after doctors placed him in an induced coma for 25 days due to the coronavirus. https://t.co/E3MxTotxkz pic.twitter.com/99PEdRuoA1
— CNN (@CNN) June 30, 2020
A Southern California casino has reopened its buffet, which is surprising as, you know, there is a virus being spread around and buffets sure seem like an easy place for it to spread:
Don't miss out on our all new All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Dinner starting Monday – Sunday, 4:00pm – 8:30pm. Savor crab legs,…
A report from Goldman Sachs shows that a national mask mandate could potentially slash coronavirus infections in the US and save the country from a 5% hit to its gross domestic product. “We find that face masks are associated with significantly better coronavirus outcomes,” says the report. The team behind the study that face mask use lowered infection growth rates and death rates. Bottom line: not only does wearing a mask help save lives, it helps save the economy. So, umm, there really isn’t any reason why everyone who can shouldn’t be doing it.
I didn’t expect that 😭😭 🕷 pic.twitter.com/qdsp5vSUjI
— Theo Shantonas (@TheoShantonas) June 30, 2020
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